Northwest Transmission Line

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Image Credit: BC Hydro

Ranking for 2014: 61

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Transmission

Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion

Project Value: $736,000,000

Federal: $130 million

Provincial: $365 million

Government Funds Involved: BC Hydro has increased the cost of the line in 2013, adding more than $150 million to the price tag, which was at $525 million on last year’s list.

Funding Source: P3

Location: Terrace to Bob Quinn Lake, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2014

LEED: No


This new 344 km long transmission line between BC Hydro’s Skeena Substation to the new Bob Quinn Substation aims to supply power to upcoming industrial developments and remote communities currently off the grid, as well as to transmit power from local generation projects. In particular, the line will connect the community of Iskut to the grid.

Right-of-way clearing and access road construction is taking place under contracts with Nisga’a Nation and Kitsumkalum, Kitselas, Gitanyow, Tahltan and Skii km Lax Ha First Nations. Clearing and road access work began in 2012. The project is expected to be complete by spring 2014.


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